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  1. BanditoTR's Avatar
    You forgot they should buy PlayStation brand too
    06-19-2018 02:06 PM
  2. BanditoTR's Avatar
    By "Magic" or satanic rituals
    06-19-2018 02:07 PM
  3. BanditoTR's Avatar
    I would bet on Intel when it comes to Server chips. They are still the top brand and it will for the next couple of years and Qualcomm is not close to that.
    06-19-2018 02:09 PM
  4. BanditoTR's Avatar
    Microsoft should buy Telltale games and save it :(
    06-19-2018 02:10 PM
  5. SvenJ's Avatar
    Whoever does Apple's marketing. MS can technology with the best of them. They can't market worth s**t.
    06-19-2018 03:44 PM
  6. Jupast's Avatar
    Adobe : Seems a good fit, and they're mostly subscription based these days.

    Steam : Probably never happen, but worth a try.


    But in reality, they'll buy tiny companies all about AI and the like that no one has ever heard of. Ho-Hum.
    06-19-2018 04:09 PM
  7. Great deal's Avatar
    Todoist and Twitch
    06-19-2018 07:31 PM
  8. noirsoft's Avatar
    Microsoft should buy the LLC I will form tomorrow. I will sell it for a cheap price of only $1 billion.
    06-19-2018 07:37 PM
  9. Drael646464's Avatar
    Couple of good suggestions here although IDK how realistic they are. Adobe and Valve obviously - if they could own steam or adobe, that would really make the MS store. Obviously any individual gaming house would help too. Would make the whole UWP effort much easier.

    My idea in addition to Valve and Adobe would be FitBit. Probably wouldn't cost too much, and would be a path towards slowly phasing in/bringing in windows IoT to wearables. I wouldn't do that straight away, but perhaps the app system could be laid ontop of windows IoT core, or windows core, and it could be transitioned.

    I also think something like Bitchute might not be a bad idea. Bings doing not too badly these days, and it might be a good idea to have a video sharing platform.

    More realistic in terms of games, might be perhaps InExile, Bethsda, Sega, Square Enix and some of the others people have brought up.
    Last edited by Drael646464; 06-19-2018 at 08:01 PM.
    06-19-2018 07:49 PM
  10. gerardo0579's Avatar
    First of all, sorry for my English

    I will start saying that some branch don't go with Microsoft vision or simply, they doesn't seems to add something to Microsoft, so, I add multiple lists for every purpose.

    On the entertainment side. Microsoft have Mixer, Groove and Movies, but none of there have too many users. I think that Microsoft could make a really important ecosystem with specials plans or cross marketing, so I would suggest (I think that Mixer would be especially improved with this):

    • Spotify. To run vs Youtube and Apple Music but more important, to add value to Surface branch
    • Netflix. Movies isn't bad but Amazon is going further and so Apple, it is not the motive but a view of some " ideal ecosystem" by another branch
    • Crunchyroll. You have Mixer and have Netflix, why don't add Crunchy content to Netflix and make it a "Game suscription"? well, no every gamer love Anime but why not?
    • Discord. And add it to Mixer and improve the transmition with his Elixir server, the fastest by now (and let die Skype for domestic users)



    With the games, Xbox is doing well but not enough, so:
    • EA. I don't think it should kill the games for PS but make them "Xbox first". Don't loose market but make Xbox better choice
    • GoG. Valve won't sell Steam, so GoG is a good step, but I don't know who owns it, but anything else is good to add it to store
    • Another like Square Enix because the same that EA
    • Do a dealing with DC to run vs PS and Marvel, maybe they have it, I don't know


    In the multimedia side (and creators), Apple is doing it good and Microsoft... Adobe make some great software for windows and buying it don't add nothing for Microsoft but more problems, so:

    • BlackMagic (DaVinci resolve). To improve "Movie editor" and "Photos"
    • Wacom for the pencil and really good screens



    In productivity, I think almost everyone think this:

    • StackOverFlow. With Github and Linkedin plans, that would be the "3 greatest" of software and employees
    • Blackberry. The "hub" on BB10 was the best thing I ever had in a phone. But it adds the security software, customers and of course, the device experience and branch including the patents
    • I can't remember my other option, but keep in mind Discord system for Skype



    Finally:

    • Qualcomm. I don't think that AMD/intel add much to Microsoft, but ARM with Qualcomm would be a great option
    • Another Chip startup to make processors better or smaller
    • Another IA Chipset company for IA chips obviously
    • For the sake of GOD. A marketing branch that just "do the right thing", please
    • Fitbit and GoPro. For the band and Camera market. I think it could be improved with the surface branch
    Last edited by gerardo0579; 06-19-2018 at 09:07 PM.
    06-19-2018 08:32 PM
  11. covfefe's Avatar
    Boston Dynamics.
    Stark Industries.
    Skynet.
    06-19-2018 10:18 PM
  12. vrans99's Avatar
    Amazing! This makes no sense.

    Do you really think that MS need to buy those companies (or any other company) without having a "real" mobile platform? MS future in the consumer space is shady, why to spend money buying?

    The best MS can do is to give me enough money so I can buy Alphabet/Google and Apple.
    06-19-2018 10:33 PM
  13. vrans99's Avatar
    I am surprised of my own comment.
    I've been a MS supporter for many years (since DOS 3 and Windows 3.1), including Windows Phones (since the Tilt to Lumia 950), but these days I am feeling ashamed of even mentioning MS.
    06-19-2018 10:36 PM
  14. wpbazaar's Avatar
    Gitlab - but give it about 6 months until the MS phobes have really invested a lot of effort in it :p
    06-20-2018 12:53 AM
  15. Patulian007's Avatar
    Adobe
    AutoDesk
    Dassult

    In that order.
    06-20-2018 01:28 AM
  16. abel46's Avatar
    If they buy Snap (Snapchat) then their mobile might have a chance.
    06-20-2018 03:56 AM
  17. Tegument's Avatar
    TeamViewer
    Atlassian
    Tableau
    Razer
    Spotify
    Adobe
    06-20-2018 06:50 AM
  18. Drael646464's Avatar
    If they buy Snap (Snapchat) then their mobile might have a chance.
    So you think the defining feature for the success of a mobile device platform, is whether teens can use it to gossip and send each other nudes?
    06-20-2018 08:15 AM
  19. Ron-F's Avatar
    Depends of what they want. I don't believe the should buy really big companies, unless is strategically important to do so. As such, I don't see Microsoft buying Valve, Adobe, or others. However, some of the previous picks are interesting:

    1) Unity -- This would bring a whole set of new development tools that would benefit Microsoft, as well as a big developer community to the fold.

    2) Fitbit -- The price is probably good right now and, although I am not sure how committed Microsoft is interested in going to the wearable market, it could provide a good entry to the consumer mind, as well as the health and perhaps IoT's markets.

    3) Stack -- The should have done it a few years ago. Nowadays, I don't think it would make sense at current prices.

    4) Lots of AI startups that we probably don't know -- That would be a better investment as AI is already a core technology and it will be even more important in the future.
    06-20-2018 08:51 AM
  20. ochhanz's Avatar
    Absolutely not Steam, I can only see them making a mess off it or eventually kill it to make place for their own store. Besides, why would Gabe even want to? Steam is doing very well. I think working closer with Steam would be a good idea though.
    Maybe Unity.
    06-20-2018 09:31 AM
  21. DontBeEvil10's Avatar
    Mine in that order:

    1. Atlassian
    2. Adobe
    3. Steam
    4. Stack Exchange
    5. Docker
    6. Autodesk
    ea (origin)/steam
    adobe
    stack exchange
    user voice
    todoist
    spotify/deezer/amazon music
    Netflix/hulu/amazon video
    aws (amazon)
    slack
    here
    evernote
    viber/telegram
    unity
    fitbit
    06-20-2018 10:30 AM
  22. tofab123's Avatar
    • Unity
    • A global translation company that can translate Bing and Cortana into any language
    • Any company that has to the skills to deploy Edge to the store, so it can be updated independent of windows
    06-20-2018 10:47 AM
  23. Hirox K's Avatar
    Don't. Microsoft should handle that themselves with a wrapper.
    So, by wrapping it,
    1. the UWP can work 100% flawless, no mater what API, dll, middleware, bad code a dev use? Flawless, no mater what kinda PC combination (HW, SW, driver, background services, etc) a user is using?
    2. Are you talking about emulation? Why don't you wanna run game natively on a WoA? Andromeda is a small device that you might be able to dock it on a gamepad (some OEM will def make a 5 or 6 inch portable PC, Fujitsu did), don't you wanna run Ori, Romancing Saga, Cuphead, Enter the Gungeon and other lesser HW demanding games on a WoA? It's a Win10PC after all, why not?

    I don't think Steam benefits MS. UWP is starting to become the focus in IT (there are things you just can't achieve with Win32) and it will not go away cause MS want it. What benefit is there for teaching freshmen how to code & compile a Win32 app? Years later, which community size will be bigger?

    * I'm not a professor (but I do share my view with some professors and teachers). I'm a lead programmer in a major game studio / publisher in Japan. Entered the business with no resume and interview and now someone from US (and the other major Japanese game studio / publisher) is trying to reach out to me.
    Last edited by Hirox K; 06-20-2018 at 02:03 PM.
    06-20-2018 01:26 PM
  24. PixelTracer's Avatar
    Twitter.

    Pandora or Spotify.

    Reddit.

    LogMeIn.

    Discord.
    06-20-2018 01:40 PM
  25. qlql's Avatar
    My idea won’t be popular but I will list it anyway. I think that Microsoft should be split apart or some parts spun off
    Merger with the following

    • Hitachi: then split into two companies; one M1 (Xbox, Surface, Windows, Bing, One Drive, Office, Skype and Hitachi Electronics.) and M2 (Azure, Hitachi Data Systems, Microsoft Research, Hitachi R&D, Hitachi Defense Systems & Hitachi Solutions America)

      In this case Microsoft would probably end up just being the software divison of Hitachi since it is so diversified.

    • Toshiba
    • Honda (spin off automotive business),
    • Toyota (spin off automotive business)
    • Northrop Grumman
    • Kawasaki
    • Mitsubishi
    • Thermo Fisher Scientific (spin off all consumer products)
    • Hoffmann-La Roche (spin off all consumer products)


    With each of the following above I would remove all consumer products and let Microsoft + whomever be a Biotechnology, Engineering, Software & Research company. With Windows, Office, Xbox, Surface and any electronics or consumer divisons of the other company be seperate company with Microsoft owning a sizeable stake.

    Acquire the following
    • NXP Semiconductors
    • Boston Dynamics
    • AMD
    • Texas Instruments
    • IRobot


    Dream merger : Five way merger of Microsoft, Hitachi, Kawasaki, Northrop Grumman, Boston Dynamics while spinning off the consumer business
    06-21-2018 03:19 AM
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